• EU defence agency to float idea of common AI ‘data lake’ among its members

    The European Defence Agency (EDA) says creating a common ‘data lake’ among its member states could offer a way for the latter to test their artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and needs. This would mimic what some EU countries are already doing, but on a larger scale, and would

  • India, US to conduct first joint multi-service exercise on India's east coast

    India and the United States will hold their first joint multi-service exercise on India’s eastern seaboard from 13 to 21 November to enhance interoperability when carrying out humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations. In a 12 November statement the Indian Navy (IN) said

  • FCAS partners defining concepts and capabilities ahead of demo phase

    France, Germany, and Spain are looking to define the nature of the first tranche of capabilities and platforms to be developed for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS)/Système de Combat Aérien Futur (SCAF) programme as they prepare to launch the demonstrator phase in the coming weeks.

  • Philippine Air Force acquires fourth C295M tactical transport

    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has acquired its fourth Airbus Defence and Space C295M tactical transport aircraft. The platform was accepted, turned over to the PAF, and blessed in a ceremony held on 11 November at the Haribon Hangar at Clark Air Base in the Philippine province of Pampanga that was

  • Germany should take more responsibility for defence, security, minister says

    German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has called for Germany to have a greater “ability to act” (“Handlungsfähigkeit”) in defence and security. In an address at Bundeswehr University in Munich on 7 November, she said, “It is time for Germany to accept

  • Hypersonics Pitch Day companies impressed by US Air Force’s contracting speed

    Key Points A pair of participants in the US Air Force’s first Hypersonic Pitch Day were impressed with how fast the service awarded them contracts This has been a major point of emphasis as the USAF wants to better utilise smaller businesses for their innovation and break conventional

  • Pentagon official accuses China of failing to enforce UNSC resolutions on North Korea

    Randall Schriver, the US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs, has accused China of failing to enforce UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposed on North Korea. Speaking on 7 November in Washington, DC, at the Defense One-sponsored panel ‘The China Gap: To

  • Spanish Army orders portable CBRN laboratory from Indra

    The Spanish Army is to receive a rapidly deployable portable chemical laboratory from Indra, the company announced in a press release on 7 November. It is due to be delivered in August 2020 to the ‘Valencia’ Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defence Regiment, based

  • Iran reports two more tanker attacks to IMO

    Iran has told the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that three of its tankers have been attacked in the Red Sea this year, the Wall Street Journal reported on 6 November. Iran previously reported one attack carried out against the tanker Sabiti on 11 October, forcing it to return to Iran.

  • Maritime security coalition stands up HQ in Bahrain

    Coalition Task Force (CTF) Sentinel, the multinational maritime security mission for the waters around the Arabian Peninsula, announced on 7 November that it has opened its headquarters (HQ) in Bahrain. The HQ has been stood up at the United States’ Naval Support Activity base under the

  • Royal Australian Navy ranks grow by 1,000 personnel in less than two years

    The number of Royal Australian Navy (RAN) personnel has increased by more than 1,000 in less than two years, according to the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra. This represents an 8% increase since January 2018, said Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds in an 8 November statement, pointing out

  • HII CEO cites continued maintenance capacity issue for USN ships

    The US Navy (USN) continues to face capacity issues in trying to keep its ships maintained, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) CEO Michael Petters said. “The overall outlook for ship maintenance is that there’s more maintenance to be done than there is really capacity right now in the

  • North Macedonia’s EU accession remains elusive

    Key Points Regardless of which major party wins the April 2020 election, North Macedonia is unlikely to abrogate internally controversial agreements reached with Bulgaria and Greece since 2017. France’s October 2019 veto of EU accession talks for North Macedonia is likely to slow the

  • Update: US Air Force plans big investments towards digital architecture, space capabilities

    Key Points The US Air Force plans to invest heavily over the next five years on digital architecture and both offensive and defensive space capabilities The service wants to move to a model where decisions are made at machine speed and connectivity is emphasised over platforms The US Air Force

  • US Army modifying M1070A1 HET tractors to transport tanks along EU highways

    The US Army is looking to transport its M1 Abrams main battle tanks across European highways, with an eye toward military conflict with Russia. The service is ‘rebaselining’ its M1070A1 Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) tractors to boost its payload capability and get it into compliance

  • Esper calls on US private sector, academia to help in the AI race against China

    US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has called on private companies and academia to help the US military in the race against China for dominance in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). “We need the full force of American intellect and ingenuity working in harmony across the public and

  • Ugandan air force improves pilot training facilities

    The Ugandan People’s Defence Force - Air Force (UPDF-AF) has upgraded its training facilities at Gulu Air Base in the Northern region, it was revealed when President Yoweri Museveni visited for the graduation of 18 cadet pilots and 20 technicians on 6 November. Photographs released by the

  • India, Russia agree to further expand bilateral defence co-operation

    New Delhi and Moscow have agreed to imminently upgrade after-sales service facilities for Russian materiel in service with the Indian military and advance an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) on reciprocal logistics support between the two countries’ militaries. During a 6 November meeting of

  • Pakistan Navy tests Zarb coastal defence system

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) announced on 5 November that it conducted a test-firing of its Zarb land-based anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) system (also known as the Zarb Weapon System) during a training exercise. “The [Zarb] missile successfully followed its pre-planned trajectory and accurately

  • UK calls a halt to fleet support ship competition

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has abruptly halted the international competition for up to three new Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ships for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), citing concerns over value for money and commercial non-compliance. The 5 November move, which has been welcomed by UK trade

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